Allegiant Air Flight Attendants Vote For Union Representation
December 28, 2010 - A majority of flight attendants at Allegiant Air have voted yes in favor of union representation, the National Mediation Board (NMB) reported.
These will be the first unionized workers at the fast
growing airline and this vote marks the first time
flight attendants have voted in favor of a union under
the new federal rules that call for a simple majority
decision in airline and railroad union representation
Allegiant Air is an American low-cost airline owned by Allegiant Travel that operates scheduled and charter flights. It is a publicly traded company with 1,300 employees and one billon USD market capitalization. The airline also offers vacation packages through its Allegiant Vacations affiliate.
flight dispatchers, who also have petitioned for TWU
representation, are in the process of voting and their balloting
will conclude on January 24th, 2011 Flight attendant voting,
which took place by telephone and Internet, began on November 30
and concluded today. Two hundred and twenty flight attendants
61.6 percent voted in favor of TWU representation, with 137 38.4
percent voting against.
is a good place to work, and now it?s going to get better,? said
Kristi Cohen, an Allegiant flight attendant who is also based in
Approximately 400 flight attendants work at Allegiant Air, which flies to popular travel destinations coast to coast. They will join more than 9,400 TWU flight attendant members who work at Southwest Airlines. TWU?s ranks are likely to grow significantly next year as Southwest completes its acquisition of AirTran. TWU also has major organizing campaigns underway at Virgin America and JetBlue.
?This is the
reason you get involved in the union movement, to help more workers have
a voice,? said TWU International President James C. Little. ?We?re
excited to welcome a terrific group of workers to the TWU family, and to
build on the success we?ve had at Southwest.?
founded in 1997 under the name WestJet Express. After a trademark
dispute with West Jet Air Center of Rapid City, South Dakota, and with
the name's similarity to WestJet Airlines of Canada, the airline adopted
the name Allegiant Air and received its operating certificate for
scheduled and charter domestic operations in 1998. The airline also has
authority for charter service to
Wholly owned by
Allegiant Travel, the airline now has over 1,300 employees. Some airport
officials have criticized Allegiant for shutting down routes or leaving
markets quickly if they are not immediately profitable. In
In Columbia, South
Carolina, the carrier departed in February 2007 after less than two
months of daily flights to St. Petersburg, Florida as loads started at
3/4 full and then dropped to half full by February. Allegiant returned
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